CCSSO Releases Statement on Mississippi Chief

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Washington, D.C. (April 21, 2022) – Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) Chief Executive Officer Carissa Moffat Miller released the following statement on the retirement of Mississippi State Superintendent of Education Dr. Carey Wright.

“Carey Wright’s tenacious leadership for students sweeps across the education system and will leave a lasting legacy. Among her many accomplishments, as state chief in Mississippi, she forged public-private partnerships to expand high-quality early learning opportunities for all children that catapulted the state to national recognition. She also pioneered a strong literacy strategy aligned to the science of reading that is being replicated in states across the country today. Throughout it all, Dr. Wright has demonstrated an encompassing commitment to equity.

As committed as she is to students, she’s a steadfast and humble colleague, always willing to share her experience and expertise with her fellow state leaders. Her tenure on CCSSO’s Board of Directors, including service as the President of the Board, gave her colleagues nationwide the opportunity to benefit from her leadership. Dr. Wright’s exceptional advocacy for children will leave an enduring impact for many years to come.”


The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, Bureau of Indian Education, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. The Council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.

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